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Gallatin County Search and Rescue shares 2022 overview, busiest yr but

The Gallatin County Search and Rescue wrapped up its yr by releasing its 2022 annual report.

The annual report highlights statistics on GCSSAR missions and coaching. For the second yr in a row, they noticed a document variety of missions.

2022 Overview:

  • 140 missions
  • 36 searches
  • 89 rescues
  • 157 lively volunteers
  • 233 coaching occasions
  • 4,929 hours of volunteer time on missions
  • 9,917 hours of volunteer time coaching
  • 2,077 K9 hours
  • 0 folks not discovered
  • 36 helicopter makes use of
  • 15 UAV makes use of
  • Coldest mission temperature of -22 levels
  • Warmest mission temperature of 90 levels


Groups responded to 13 missions in January. Seven concerned snowmobiles, a few injured or overdue skiers, one unintended Private Locator Beacon (PLB) activation, and one avalanche notification.

For those who see an avalanche however didn’t witness the slide, you’ll be able to go to to view all reported avalanches. You possibly can report avalanches to the web site with the precise location and time of remark.


Groups responded to 25 missions in February. 15 of the missions concerned snowmobile accidents. Different missions included an unintended SOS activation of a Garmin system, overdue skiers and hikers, and some company assists.

It’s endorsed to carry out a ‘DBSET’ test on all transceivers earlier than leaving the trailhead:

  • D: Show is working correctly
  • B: Battery is above 60%
  • E: Digital interface (minimized)
  • S: Search mode check
  • T: Transmit mode check


March slowed down a bit with 10 missions. Three of these calls got here in on March 13.

You will need to all the time journey with communication gadgets and keep in content material together with your group. You also needs to concentrate on cell service places in case it’s worthwhile to name 911.


The month of April was gradual with solely three missions. Two of the calls had been company assists and one was for 2 skiers caught in an avalanche close to Wilson Peak within the Large Sky space.

For those who plan to be exterior of cell service, bringing a satellite tv for pc communication system will nonetheless assist you to talk.


The slowest month with solely two alerts and one precise mission was Might. SAR volunteers responded to a snowmobiler with a leg harm.


The “500-year flood” introduced a busy month for SAR groups. Missions included evacuation for stranded people and canines, injured mountain bikers, stranded kayakers, hikers with medical points, a stranded hiker, a skier harm, and a canoe rescue.


There have been a number of folks experiencing medical emergencies throughout climbing and falls whereas climbing and biking.

Even in hotter months, you need to convey one thing to maintain your self heat whereas out climbing in case of an emergency.


The month of August had extra biking and mountain biking accidents in addition to a few lacking youngsters and two drownings. Drowning is a uncommon prevalence for SAR.

Whereas climbing together with your four-legged buddies, make sure you preserve them shut and underneath management for the security of your self, your pet, different hikers, and wildlife.


September was the second busiest month of the yr with 18 missions, with overdue bikers being the most typical occasion. GCSSAR encourages folks to name the non-emergency quantity if they’re involved about an overdue get together.

When going out within the backcountry you need to make a plan, share your plan with somebody, after which attempt to stick with your plan.


October introduced concern for 2 completely different teams of lacking or overdue hunters and one hunter who suffered an harm and wanted help getting again.

You will need to be ready in your searching journey with additional layers, meals, water, a method to preserve heat, shelter, and communication.


The Valley Part responded to a few lacking youngsters and one lacking grownup with medical circumstances in November. Everybody was discovered and returned house safely.


December introduced all kinds of snowmobile incidents together with injured snowmobilers, misplaced snowmobiles, lacking snowmobilers, caught snowmobilers, and trapper snowmobilers.

Earlier than heading out be certain that to test your gear, particularly gadgets with batteries. Objects embrace avalanche beacons, radios, headlamps, airbags, moveable chargers, inReach gadgets, and GPS.

The complete report will be discovered right here.

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